Dianne Feinstein Elementary School Fourth Grade Class of 2020
九 9 Poems for Your Wall is Our Canvas: The Angel Island Project Del Sol String Quartet & Huang Ruo, composer
Andi Wong, teaching artist
The book documents the student poetry and artwork created for Del Sol String Quartet’s Angel Island Project at Dianne Feinstein Elementary School in San Francisco. The book features nine collaborative student poems by Ms. Harrington, Ms. McCullough and Ms. Rondone’s 4th Grade Classes of 2020, as well as “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” a visual art piece created with the support of DFES Art teacher Sharon Collins by teaching artist Andi Wong. The book also documents the development of the Angel Island Project at the school, which included two evening Family Art Nights, before the coronavirus pandemic closed the school on March 13, 2020.
During summer, nine students
at Dianne Feinstein Elementary School, took photographs and recorded readings of the poetry and “sounds of home” by completing summer assignments created to further develop this book project. A music workshop with the Del Sol String Quartet invited the students to help to create a new musical work based on the poems, which includes a musical selection by Huang Ruo.
Artist/poet Flo Oy Wong’s poem, Look Sic Lom Sic (Green Color, Blue Color), also written during the COVID-19 pandemic, is recited in her ancestral dialect of Hoisan-wa. The Hoisan-wa dialect, which originated in Taishan County in Guangdong
province in Southern China, was spoken by many of the Chinese immigrants
to America in the first part of the twentieth century, including Flo’s
parents and siblings, who were among those held in the Immigration
Station barracks on Angel Island.
The book also includes QR codes that link to audio tracks of the poetry readings, so readers can listen as they read the poems.
Book design & production: Andi Wong
“Your Wall is Our Canvas: the Angel Island
Project,” composed by Huang Ruo and performed by the Del Sol String
Quartet with the contemporary chamber choir, Volti, will weave a story
of immigration and discrimination of then and now.
supported in part by the Hewlett Foundations 50 Arts Commissions, the
Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation and the Phyllis C. Wattis
Sol String Quartet's partnership with Dianne Feinstein ES, was made
possible thanks to an Artists and Communities Partnership - Creative
Youth Arts (ACIP-CY) grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.